Our Guide to the Costs
The cost of a project depends on several factors. We always offer a first free consultation in the office to find out more about you and the project, and to give you an idea about our fees and the likely cost.
The first meeting involves finding out as much as possible about your plans, and how we might work together as architect and client during the design process. It's important for us and for you that we can communicate well and that there is a good kind of understanding. Projects can take a while and mutual respect and integrity make for a much better experience.
I am a fully qualified Engineer and Architect trained in Germany, and I hold all the qualifications required to practice as an Architect in the UK. I am a member of the Architect Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Whatever the brief, we as architects will bring something more to the table. My extensive formal education, my life experience and practical experience means that you can be sure of design, quality and ideas. And of course we as a practice are highly professional, and we work to strict codes of conduct and service so you are in safe hands.
To analyse a project and assess the complexity and work necessary, we write a project brief in consultation with you. A project brief tells your story about the space you have and what is possible for that space, and also how we intend to provide a solution and to steer through the architectural process.
After our first conversation, we’ll sit down with you to hear more about your needs, discuss and refine your brief and see how we can make it happen with a fee that fits your budget. We may even discover new ways we could bring more to your build, and sometimes only a few hours of consultancy are all that is necessary.
We are approachable so if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Level of Detail
In the industry the standard how construction information look like is not well specified. Very often you find as one point Building Regulation application. What does it mean? This can be planning drawings with a few notes and it can be a very detailed package of information as necessary for NHBC (The National House Building Council). It is worth considering the Level of Detail and amount of information provided which could mean spending more money on the construction information. The benefit will be better details ensuring longevity of the construction.
And a good designer should include the human factor into the design, who is doing the work. Even-though there are endless specifications the standard, quality and skills in the building industry can vary a lot. So it might be good to consider how something is put together to make sure the detail works and not only on a drawing. Especially on a building site with different trades and different people working, expected quality can be an issue. One example. Membranes are often installed under the concrete floor. Would it not be better to install a second membrane on top of the slab? The chance the lower membrane under slab could be penetrated is very likely and a second membrane does not cost much.
Please see in the gallery below examples of Technical drawings and compilations of issued drawings for different projects. Please contact us if you have a query. For the Jubilee Warehouse project in Penryn I produced more than 90 drawings (including planning). For a self build project we produced 30 construction drawings. The standard is to provide all floor plans, all elevations, 2 sections, foundation plan, setting out drawing, site plan, 5 details, a windows and door schedule as A1 drawings. Alternative to these information all kind of other relevant information can be generated.